The Friday Five — April 13-16

Your guide to the weekend's events

Metro | Published April 12, 2023


1. Spring Stroll
April 15 • Birmingham

More than 25 businesses in downtown Birmingham will participate in the Spring Stroll event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Shop for products and trends in apparel, home décor and beauty, and take advantage of promotions and giveaways. Attendees will receive a bag, a map and an activity sheet for kids. Participants are asked to register for a time slot; if full, call (248) 530-1200. For more information, visit

Read the story: Shop for spring during downtown Birmingham’s Spring Stroll

2. 'Leaving Iowa'
April 13-16 • Rochester Hills

Rochester University’s Theater and Music Department will present “Leaving Iowa" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The story follows a middle-aged writer who is requested to take his father's ashes to his childhood home, only to learn the location is now a grocery store, leading the son to travel across Iowa searching for a proper resting place. The cost is $5 for students and $13 for adults. Future performances will take place April 20-23. The campus is located at 800 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills. For tickets and more information, visit or call (248) 218-2149.

3. Pokémon Day
April 15 • Lake Orion

Catch all your favorite Pokémon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Canterbury Village, located at 2357 Joslyn Court in Lake Orion. Go on a scavenger hunt, do some card trading and meet characters during the free event. Trainers can also earn a free card for every $5 spent at participating shops. For more information, visit

'Death of a Gangster'
Also Saturday at Canterbury Village, the castle will host "Death of a Gangster," a 1920s murder mystery featuring a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and a show at 7 p.m. This "night of murder, mystery and mayhem" will cost $70; a cash bar will also be available. To reserve a seat and for more information, visit

4. National Geographic Live: Secret of the Whales
April 16 • Clinton Township

Experience the most majectic creatures in the ocean at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Macomb Center for the Perfoming Arts on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, located at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. During National Geographic Live: Secret of the Whales, the audience will learn about the communication skills and social structures of four different species through the lens of photographer Brian Skerry. Tickets cost $15 for students and $30 for adults, and can be purchased at

5. After Dark: World Space Party
April 15 • Detroit

Leave the kids at home — the Michigan Science Center is throwing an adult-only party! The museum, located at 5020 John R St. in Detroit, will offer music, food, drinks, science demonstrations and a "Laser Lizzo Light Show" for ages 21 and older from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The after-hours event will feature a world space theme and include presentations about the James Webb Space Telescope and "all the ways that space can kill us — from the dramatic to the mundane." The cost is $35 for members and $48 for nonmembers. For tickets and more information, visit

Bonus: The Beatles

Beatles Forever: A Short Story with Music
Poet M. L. Liebler will offer a comedic performance about growing up in St. Clair Shores during the British invasion at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blossom Heath Bath House, located at 24800 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores. He will be accompanied by musicians during the multimedia show featuring 28 popular songs by The Beatles. For more information, call (586) 445-5350

Rain: A Tribute To the Beatles (Touring)
Celebrate the life and times of the "Fab Four" during a live, multimedia concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fox Theatre Detroit, located at 2211 Woodward Ave. Tickets for Rain: A Tribute To the Beatles (Touring) range from $25 to $65, and can be purchased at

For more events, visit our Community Calendar, sponsored by the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, at To upload your own events for free, create an account at